Santa Verna

Date: 3800 BCE

Period: Neolithic

Phase: Ġgantija

Location: Xagħra, Gozo

Access: On church land. Can be viewed from the footpath through the field.




Site details


Santa Verna Temple has only a small amount of its facade and outer bench remaining. It's thought to have had five apses similar to Ġgantija which is about 1km to the east on the same plateau.


Finds

  • Snail figurines

  • Obsidian blades and arrowheads

  • Pottery sherds

  • Saddle quern

  • Flint tools

Orientation

  • Only temple - south east


Interesting facts


The FRAGSUS Project found snail figurines deposited in the walls of the temple.


The same archaeological dig also found a small polygonal wall under the foundations that didn't have a structural function and couldn't be seen above ground.


The temple people built on top of an Early Neolithic village.




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